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Brewed by South Australia Brewing (Lion Co.)
Style: Foreign Stout
Thebarton, Australia

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed in the style of the old London Imperial Russian stout to a recipe perfected over 40 years ago, the roast coffee and almost port-like characters make it an excellent nightcap and winter warmer. Voted Champion Stout at the 2001 Australian International Beer awards having previously been Grand Champion Beer in 1988 and 1991.

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3.6
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2008
Pours a deep brown with lingering beige head. Roasted malts and coffee dominate with a slight nose of chocolate and licorice also coming through. Light roasted flavour of malts and chocolate with a roasted bitter finish. A fine stout.

3.6
jxo (9) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2008 does not count
Bottle. Sweet malty aroma. Very dark with thick light tan head. Pleaseing and not overpowering malty flavour that is slightly roasty. Subtle fruity notes.

3.6
mkel07 (6549) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2010
375ml bottle. Pours thick and black, like pouring motor oil in your engine. Thick creamy tan head caps off a solid body. Warming roast malt and burnt toffee flavours that hide the high alcohol content well. A good beer from a large brewery.

3.6
imaragingbull (579) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2014
Pours opaque black with tan head, resilient and well retained with good lace. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, sweet toffee, hints of coffee beans and light herbal fresh hop character. Med body, med high carbonation. balanced toasted malts, caramel nutty sweetness, herbal grassy Earthy hop flavour. Finishes lightly sweet, roasted, hoppy and balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
mattyhennessy (377) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2014
Pours dark and opaque with a slight red tinge. Solid tan head that retains well, eventually fading to nice lacing. Surprisingly sweet aromas of toffee and caramel balanced well with huge roasted malt character. Some bitter cocoa also. Flavour has a large charred malt character, espresso, cocoa with a little of.the toffee sweetness carrying through. Earthy and floral hop character. Unfortunate metallic taste that brings the beer down significantly. Medium carbonation. Like cooper’s stout but a little heavier.

3.6
TedE (1545) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2016
375ml bottle into pint glass. Bought at the Bowral Hotel. Totally opaque black beer with two finger tan-coloured head. Nose has chocolate, cocoa,coffee and distant fruit notes. Full-bodied, zingy and effervescent on the tongue. Finish is bitter-sweet like really good dark chocolate. A beautiful fruitiness sits under the chocolate. 7.4% is well hidden. gets better as it warms. Another great Australian stout from a big commercial brewer. Why do they make such great stouts but give them zero promotion?

3.5
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2002
As usual - agreeing with Dogbrick on this one - it was OK but just ranks poorly when compared to the other Australian stouts we have been lucky enough to try. There is something really bitter going on with the flavor.

3.5
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2003
I guess comparisons to Coopers Stout are inevitable, and I definitely prefer this. Perfectly opaque black colour which is good, with nice head. Aroma is more cocoa/powdery than roasty and burnt, but there's plenty of that too, and a bit of alcohol. Burnt flavours manifest themselves more in the flavour, there's a bit of generic fruit at the front of the palate but it's soon dominated by the roast flavours and bitterness. A bit fizzy (I seem to be writing that a lot of late). Bonus points for excellent alcohol:money ratio.

3.5
Grovlam (4257) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2007
#16 [Blind tasting session @ Papsoe 30-11-2007] Average creamy beige head that mostly lasted. Good lacework. Dark mahogany color. Dried fruit, toasted malt. Over the palate heavy notes of coffee, bitter chocolate and liquorish. Hint of tar. Medium to full bodied with a light dry texture and a lively carbonation. Moderated mix of bitter and sweet flavor. Dry bitter English liquorish that lingers in the mouth and covers it.

3.5
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2008
Black colour with a tan head. Malty, fruity and light roasted aroma with some coffee and chocolate sweet notes. Roasted malty, light coffee bitter flavor with fruity notes. Roasted, light bitter finish.


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